10 Amazing Active Vacation Destinations
Although I love to relax with a cocktail on an exotic beach or an exquisite pool for a day or two, I prefer most of the time a bit more action while on vacation. My perfect holiday destination is a place that combines beautiful scenery with lots of hiking opportunities.
Austria for example offers amazing landscapes, wild water rafting, thermal pools and endless hiking opportunities.
Here's a list of 10 other amazing holiday destinations for anyone craving action, excitement and stunning landscapes.
1. National Parks in the USA
The National Parks in the USA never stop to amaze me; a combination of breath-taking scenery combined with lots of hiking, water sports, wildlife spotting and even rock climbing opportunities.
I visited Finnish Lapland a few years ago and till today it is one of my most memorable holidays ... husky sledging through stunning snow landscapes, a snowmobile safari across frozen lakes, smoking your own salmon.
3. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are - without any doubt - one of the best places on earth to view wildlife. Awe-inspiring islands, unique wildlife, water activities ... did you know you can also do some great hikes on the Galapagos? The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island for example.
Iceland is a fairytale country filled with natural wonders. Admire the many awe-inspiring waterfalls, take a boat tour on the glacier lake, soak in the hot springs ... you can also go for a glacier hike with ice climbing and of course Iceland has also many hiking opportunities (mainly in the summer).
5. Sacred Valley - Peru
Machu Picchu is of course the main attraction here and visiting Machu Picchu is definitely a moment you will cherish for the rest of your life. However there are many other beautiful archeological sites in the area; Inca Pisac for example. In addition the Sacred Valley offers amazing trekking opportunities; the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu being the most famous one. A day-hike which offers amazing landscapes is the one from Moray to Maras.
Climbing to the Roof of the World or another giant peak in Nepal is not for everybody but Nepal offers also endless trekking opportunities in the Himalaya; the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek being one of the most famous ones. Besides trekking you can spot Rhinos in Chitwan National Park or visit one of the many Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Hawaii has a lot more to offer besides awe-inspiring beaches; hiking the Na Pali Coast on Kauai, biking down the Haleakala Volcano in Maui, lava walking on the Big Island, the Road to Hana till Oheo Gulch ... just to name a few.
8. High Atlas - Morocco
Not far from Marrakech, you'll find the Atlas Mountains. All kind of trekking options are available here from trekking through Berber Villages to Climbing Mount Jbel Toubkal the highest mountain of North Africa.
9. Costa Rica
Pure nature, an amazing variety of landscapes, lots of wildlife, picturesque volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, wild water rafting, waterfalls, hot springs, canopy tours, beautiful beaches ... Costa Rica has it all.
10. Amalfi Coast - Italy
The Amalfi Coast offers great hiking opportunities with dramatic jaw-dropping views over the coast line, charming villages, delicious Italian food ... also a visit to Pompeii or Capri are easy to arrange from the Amalfi Coast.
Have you been to any of these places? How did you like it?